MEMPHIS, TN (April 6, 2017) – Carl E. Moore, a local visual artist, best known for his vivid, high-contrast paintings, is the recipient of the seventh annual Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration. This award is presented by ArtsMemphis and generously sponsored by Metropolitan Bank, in partnership with Butler Snow. It is given each year to a local artist whose work demonstrates creative and civic leadership within the Memphis arts community.
As the “Emmett” winner, Moore receives a $10,000 cash award. ArtsMemphis President and CEO Elizabeth Rouse noted that “Carl was selected based on his decades of making outstanding work, along with his service to the Memphis community, ranging from his volunteer work at Caritas Village to his work as an adjunct instructor at the University of Memphis.” Moore is widely recognized for helping to strengthen the local artist community and for mentoring emerging artists. He has curated over 80 shows and his work has been displayed at numerous venues including the L. Ross Gallery, the Dixon Gallery, and Crosstown Arts.
Moore’s subjects are often shown in moments of peril or distress, sometimes in urban environments, and he frequently uses a bold graphic style, with thick, arresting lines that call to mind commercial illustration. “I’m very honored to be a nominee and recipient of the Emmett Award,” Moore said. “This award means a great deal to the art community, as a whole, because it lets artists know that they are being recognized in a city so rich with talent. Art should be for everyone, accessible to everyone, and without limitations.”
The Emmett Award is named in honor of Emmett O’Ryan, an avid art collector who was a founding board member of Metropolitan Bank. The winning artist is selected by a committee composed of Metropolitan Bank associates, members of ArtsMemphis’ Artist Advisory Committee, and representatives of Mr. O’Ryan’s family.
“Emmett O’Ryan was a much-beloved and respected member of the Metropolitan Bank family,” said Phillip May, president, Tennessee Division of Metropolitan Bank. “This award is a wonderful way to honor Mr. O’Ryan’s memory and his contributions to the bank and to the arts while supporting the work of an outstanding artist in our community. “We are also excited to have Butler Snow join us as a partner in the event,” May noted, “as this program has grown over the past seven years to become one of the most significant awards for local visual artists in Memphis.”
The other two finalists for this year’s Emmett Award were: